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A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

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Established  1910
Location  Manhattan, Kansas
Founded  1910
Director  Angela Powers
A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications
Former names  Department of Industrial Journalism established at Kansas State Agricultural College Department of Industrial Journalism and Printing Department of Technical Journalism Department of Journalism Department of Journalism and Mass Communications
Affiliations  Kansas State University Kansas State University College of Arts & Sciences

The A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications is a school of journalism, public relations, and advertising, located at Kansas State University.


The school was named for Kansas journalist A.Q. Miller after his son, Carl Miller, a Kansas State University alumnus, made a financial gift in 1987.

History of journalism education at Kansas State University

Though Kansas State University's school of journalism and mass communications has not always held its current title, instruction in related fields began in 1874, when the university organized printing classes. These classes made Kansas State University the first American educational facility to offer a program in printing.

The university hired Charles J. Dillon from The Kansas City Star in 1910, and he established K-State's first journalism curriculum. Dillon's "industrial journalism" program required students to take courses in home economics, agriculture, or engineering in addition to reportorial studies.

As the scope of the school's curriculum expanded, "mass communications" was appended to the school's name in 1971. Today, the school is nationally accredited by the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the school has more than 4,600 alumni.

Centennial celebration

After 100 years of operation, faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the school celebrated its centennial from Sept. 2-4 2010. Events included the 11th annual Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media, which was presented by broadcast journalist and K-State alumna Gail Pennybacker, an A.Q. Miller School memorabilia room at the Kansas State University Student Union, a panel on photojournalism, a banquet, and more.

Throughout the celebration, the school raised money for the Dave MacFarland Tools for Tomorrow Technology Fund, which was created to provide media technology for journalism students.

Notable alumni

  • Pete Souza, White House photographer
  • References

    A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications Wikipedia